Pre thinking

What happens when mathematics, science and art meet up? In this talk, you may see that the result is nothing short of magic.

Who is  she

Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Feinberg was the director of photography for lighting on Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning films WALL-E and Brave and is now working on Pixar’s upcoming film, Coco.

Why should I watch

Feinberg’s love of combining computers and art began when she was eight years old and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. This eventually led her to a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Harvard University. Now, in addition to her Pixar work, she mentors teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math and science.

Discussion questions

  1. In terms of her own development in childhood and adolescence, what were the most important factors for her growth and development.
  2. When you think about your future life-path goals, can you imagine how non-required subjects in math or science could be an advantage?
  3. Besides your current major, list 5 other areas of study that you consider interesting.
  4. Now here is the difficult question. Going back to question 3 (above), what is preventing you from pursuing one of those areas?

The Magic Ingredient That Brings Pixar Movies to Life with Danielle Feinberg


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